Master Bedroom Closet #4: Closet pieces Assembled, question on face frame

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Blog entry by Eric_S posted 01-09-2012 02:34 AM 5239 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This weekend I spent some time finishing up the dadoes and rabbets on all the remaining pieces so that it could all be assembled in the garage for paint and to make a face frame..or not. I’ll get to that later. Here are some pics though of the progress. The master bedroom closet is 3 seperate pieces, left wall shelving for my wife featuring a 10” wide dress length hanging rod area and another area for 2 rods at 38” and 78”, corner shelving for both of us, and adjacent wall shelving with 2 vertical hanging rods for me.

I rotated the corner piece up right to see how it looks since I haven’t checked that out yet and let me just say, this thing is much heavier than I thought lol. Hopefully, my wife will be able to help me carry it inside, and yes it will fit through all the doors and hallways.

So here it is vertically

Originally in the design, I was going to have a backing to the corner shelving, but to save on cost and because I thought the vertical supports would be enough, I decided against it. After looking at it standing up and pressing down on the back corners, I saw that it would start to warp after a while of carrying weight, so I decided to add just a small corner backing with dadoes to support.

Then came cutting the remaining top shelving pieces for the sides

This is where it started to get tricky with all the rabbets and dadoes(sorry no pic) and math to account for the depth of grooves and rabbets. I had to redo one piece completely after putting the dado on the wrong side and then when I redid it I messed up the dado again and had to widen it, luckilly it was for a vertical divider so it shouldn’t affect any structure. I’ll have to plug that now with woodfiller I think to hide my mistake…woops.

Here is a pic after fixing my mistakes and assembling the right wall and temporarily attaching it to the corner to visualize it and make sure everything fit together. It still needs a brace near the bottom though.

And here is a backside view of the left side being assembled…the larger hanging area needs a brace as well to the corner shelving.

Then I need to patch some messups and unfortunately….paint it white. Oh well, at least its just plywood but still I’m not a fan of that but it will look okay in the white closet.

So now on to the face frame question…. Some of my cuts on the fronts of the corner shelving aren’t perfect. Since I’m painting it white, would the ply show through the paint(2 coats) and primer? since some shelves aren’t perfect, a face frame may show some gaps between the frame and shelf. I suppose I could use wood filler on these areas and no one would notice?? but is it necessary? Would edge banding be a better choice or would that be a worse idea? Any suggestions would be appreciated on how to do the face frame for it all. Thanks!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 04:26 AM

What mess-ups? Looking Good!

Just a thought, how about heat activated veneer strips for a face frame. I think the plywood layers would telegraph through the paint.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 05:03 AM

Thanks lew. Yea the heat activated veneer is what I meant by edge banding although I don’t know if that’s the correct term.I know the pictures look straight but some of those shelf fronts are a little wavy, not terribly noticeable but you can feel it. So would heat veneer show those issues or just look similar to how it currently looks?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 04:55 PM

Looks good Eric!

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 05:16 AM

Depends on how “wavy” and how abrupt the changes. I think subtle differences would probably NOT show.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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